Many people dislike the Star Wars prequels, and they see no reason as to why they should. They’re biased. Meaning, they lean a certain way and are thus unable to successfully entertain an opposing perspective. This idea of “bias” is integral to the second prequel, Attack of the Clones. Therein every character is affected negatively because of their prejudice. The intergalactic government is led astray because they believe their leader has their best interests in mind; the Jedi begin their descent towards destruction because they think they know their enemy; and Anakin Skywalker approaches the dark side because he feels entitled to take revenge.

At first it may be hard to see why a certain outlook can cause more harm than good. The politicians who vote the Emperor into power are unaware that they are doing exactly that; the Jedi don’t set themselves up for failure because they feel their time is up; and Anakin doesn’t kill a village of Tusken Raiders for catharsis. No, the viewpoints that lead to these unsightly results don’t begin by looking for them. Instead they start with the characteristics that have clouded judgment for a long time: ignorance and assumption.

Such things corrupt our own vision often. Have you ever been so sure you know how an event will end, only to have it conclude differently? Has there ever been a time in your life when what was certain became everything but? Prescience and omniscience are not qualities we as people possess. We don’t know the future, and we don’t know it all, (no matter how much we believe we do). Nevertheless, we feel what we do know has merit, enough at least to certify success. Yet, hardship remains on the horizon no matter how impressive our knowledge may seem. If there is any certainty at all it’s that struggle is unavoidable, and often arrives unexpectedly. Try as we may to deter the dark days that await us, we oft times walk right into them. Thus, ignorance isn’t bliss it’s the cloud that rains on our parade. Assumption is no asset either, it’s idiocy excused.

Though we are not completely safe setting aside favoritism, we are better off opening our minds to additional options. By permitting ignorance to endure we are like the senators and Jedi, unaware of threats that are truly terrifying. In assuming we know what we are doing we are like Anakin, brushing off our bad behavior as justified. Our biases, that which we tout as true because it strokes our ego, gets us off but up to no good. Knowledge worthwhile is found in considering every angle imaginable. Life worth living is had by accepting the good with the bad. Take a side and suffer its pitfalls, or see beyond both and avoid being blinded by bias.